Tough decisions: have your say on council priorities

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Which council services do you think are most important? Where do you think Fenland District Council should focus its spending over the next three years?

This week the council has launched its annual consultation to help it decide its future priorities at a time when, like all local authorities, it continues to be hit hard by the Government’s spending cuts.

It has produced a simple questionnaire which it is circulating as widely as possible throughout Fenland. It is now available in the Fenland @ your service shops in March, Whittlesey and Wisbech, the Chatteris Community Hub and in its leisure and business centres. It can also be found online at

The questionnaire lists 11 priorities and asks people to say which are the most and least important to them. The priorities cover a wide range of services, including street cleansing, help for local businesses, reducing crime and antisocial behaviour and protecting the district’s most vulnerable residents.

It asks residents to indicate how much impact it would have on them or their families if particular services were reduced.

It also asks them to suggest how they might be able to help the council deliver its key services - for example, by joining a community group or helping a vulnerable neighbour.

All responses must be returned to the council by February 10.